Strand Theater to debut new performance space on Halloween

Anthony D'Amato, performing as Remember Jones.

MITCHELL BILUS

Anthony D’Amato, performing as Remember Jones.

In his new capacity as producing artistic director of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, Anthony D’Amato — who also performs under the name Remember Jones — has created a new space at the venue titled Gallery. It will debut after the Remember Jones Halloween night concert (which will featured a live performance of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” hip-hop soap opera).

The first Gallery show will see four local acts — Mad Feather Group, The Shady Street Show Band, Chris Rockwell, and Remember Jones + The Emancipation Congregation — collaborate as one band.

In the weeks to come, Gallery, which has a capacity of approximately 200 and includes an art gallery and a bar, will feature comedy, open mics and other performances in addition to music.

Many of the Gallery events will take place after Strand shows; ticket-holders can enter via the lobby for free, though the space will also have a outside entrance of its own with a small admission fee for non-ticket-holders.

In a press release, D’Amato said his goal is “to keep our audiences in Lakewood and entice new economy. I don’t want anyone to feel shut out, so how do I entice them to stay? Create a separate atmosphere on my own where you can comfortably drink, be social, and be entertained, directly adjacent to the theater.”

It’s also “a chance for us to be creative at a lower cost for our community and us as a theater, while complementing performances on our main stage,” he said.

Gallery has a Facebook page at facebook.com/GALLERYlakewood and is on Instagram: @GALLERYlakewood.

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